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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Old Hat Jazz Band: The Sparrow

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The Old Hat Jazz Band is a London-based group of young musicians that made its first appearance on record with its self-titled and self-produced four-track EP in 2015. The debut release established the band's musical prowess as well as its genuine feel for early jazz. The Sparrow proves that the band has strength-in-depth, as it swings and sways through its first full-length album of varied--and hugely enjoyable--moods. The Sparrow is a collection of original tunes by individual band ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Old Hat Jazz Band: Old Hat Jazz Band

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Brevity, so Polonius informed us, is the soul of wit. In which case, this four-track debut recording from the UK's Old Hat Jazz Band might well be the wittiest release of the year. It's also a tease. Four short tunes full of life, energy and nuanced performance give a contemporary twist to early jazz traditions, offer a reminder of just how entertaining this music can be and make the advent of a full-length album from the octet something to look ...